Celebrating Diverse Identities In and Out of the Classroom
This year marked the 15th anniversary of the Fieldston Upper 10th Grade humanities curriculum, a team-taught interdisciplinary course spanning English, ethics, and history across the African American, Asian American, Indigenous, Latinx, and Jewish Communities. The humanities curriculum celebrates the identities of Fieldston students, by listening to each other’s stories and perspectives and embracing the literature, music, art, and spoken word of different cultures. Bringing their studies to life, they explored the intersection between the Chinese and Jewish immigrants who share space on the Lower East Side, even as their traditions are unique from each other. Students read Elizabeth Alexander’s “Trayvon Nation,” essays exploring the impact that monuments and memorials have on our country and that ask us to consider “who’s represented in what ways and what it will take to change narratives.” Students created new monuments to the ideals of American freedom, exposing problematic narratives and exploring themes of liberation. From a monument to the diversity of ethnic foods in America to a reimagining of some of our nation’s most powerful paintings in the Capitol Rotunda, the projects highlighted the diverse voices that create freedoms for everyone.